English and Writing Studies Thesis 2016-12-15 19:52:00

For today, I just read a little. I am not sure if the article I read will really help with my paper but it did pop up some ideas. I am thinking that I could maybe use statements in the article in the beginning or after I bring up the discussion with school and writing. I really have to think it through. The last thing I want to do is add more and it is not beneficial.

I have to admit the part that I thought would be the hardest is indeed the hardest. The more I work on this paper the more I see my passion for the creative / writing about my own experiences. But, I am sticking to my original idea of having this interplay of the academic and creative. I love how my written prayers are flowing in the paper, but I am still worried about the academic element. I am just trusting that the aftermath will be beautiful. 

English and Writing Studies Thesis 2016-12-15 19:52:00

For today, I just read a little. I am not sure if the article I read will really help with my paper but it did pop up some ideas. I am thinking that I could maybe use statements in the article in the beginning or after I bring up the discussion with school and writing. I really have to think it through. The last thing I want to do is add more and it is not beneficial.

I have to admit the part that I thought would be the hardest is indeed the hardest. The more I work on this paper the more I see my passion for the creative / writing about my own experiences. But, I am sticking to my original idea of having this interplay of the academic and creative. I love how my written prayers are flowing in the paper, but I am still worried about the academic element. I am just trusting that the aftermath will be beautiful. 

Our final semester party location:

I am looking forward to our end of the semester potluck party. I have booked the Kean Hall “Faculty Lounge”.  Kean Hall is the “castle” looking building where Kean admissions is located.  We will meet there at 4:30pm and we have the room until 7:15 pm.  Each of us will bring some food so that it becomes a diverse buffet.
Please remember that guests are welcome!  I am looking forward to meeting some of your family.  Also, if others in our community (friends, colleagues) would like to come along, please bring them!!  It is an open invitation celebration-event, meant to celebrate the great work being accomplished.  Devon and Tobey will be our feature presentations.  Their final work is distinguished, and I am looking forward to sharing their projects with all of you.
See you all soon,
Dr. Zamora

Change in Plans…by Debbie Bagnato


So, just when I fet like things were moving along fairly well, my supervisor is thinking of transferring me to the Bayonne store. WHAT?!!! My store and my co-workers are all in this store which I have been in for twenty years now; my old store was moved and renovated but I stayed where I am as I had become used to it. More important than any of that---my thesis is based in my store! News of this plan shocked and distressed me, and it may happen whether I like it or not, but I had to stop and regroup. Despite my personal  reasons for not wanting to do this--especially now--I have found a ray of sunshine (a very small ray). Because I have incorporated all stores into my backstory, the move to one of the competing "sister" stores might be beneficial and add another layer to the story. I do not want or need to add anything to my upcoming scenes but there may be some positive ideas that will materialize from the transition to a new location.
Also, when I started this project, I was out of work because of my back but was able to clearly outline and frame the "story" as I was visualizing it. That is what I will do again if they send me traveling.
 I would greatly prefer NOT to go anywhere as I often get new ideas by looking at someone or having coffee (and complaints) with them, a regular Shoprite custom. The scene I was about to start is the hot and heavy scene where Mhyrrine teases her husband when he comes to visit her at the Acropolis---and beg her to return home. Oddly enough, in reality the two characters are no longer in my store--both transferred to other ones as well. But I am in contact with the one, and she dates the other so my perceptions of these real people is very current and any quirks I add to the characters very doable for this production. At present I am trying to beef up the shorter connecting scene that leads into the one I just mentioned; it is actually fun but I must not make it too long. The idea was to have a short, funny scene to illustrate the changing atmosphere in the store and also show the women trying to look more sexy as they tease the men (and also get a little "lonesome" themselves). The scene was also styled to show the men responding to this female takeover, and and the absence of attention. This little transitional scene will require some more tweaking but I think it will be a funny yet heated moment when it's done. That is the sentiment I am shooting for but I need to incorporate that tension among all the players involved in this scene. The next scene will be a doozy but I will be working on that one until I get it right. I am in  a supermarket with this version, so the character can run to fetch any number of things for their "moment" and then simply change her mind. And there will be a large audience onstage to monitor their sexy scene. I am still hopeful that I can finish my first full draft over break but if one scene takes more revising to get the ideas on paper, I will give it that time rather than write something that doesn't work. But I am full steam ahead to rewrite the little scene and then onto the sexy, funny one. Hoping that I can get it on paper the way I want! And hope everyone else is making great progress with their writing projects. Will see everyone on Thursday and cannot wait to find out how everyone is doing. Now, back to the script...

Change in Plans…by Debbie Bagnato


So, just when I fet like things were moving along fairly well, my supervisor is thinking of transferring me to the Bayonne store. WHAT?!!! My store and my co-workers are all in this store which I have been in for twenty years now; my old store was moved and renovated but I stayed where I am as I had become used to it. More important than any of that---my thesis is based in my store! News of this plan shocked and distressed me, and it may happen whether I like it or not, but I had to stop and regroup. Despite my personal  reasons for not wanting to do this--especially now--I have found a ray of sunshine (a very small ray). Because I have incorporated all stores into my backstory, the move to one of the competing "sister" stores might be beneficial and add another layer to the story. I do not want or need to add anything to my upcoming scenes but there may be some positive ideas that will materialize from the transition to a new location.
Also, when I started this project, I was out of work because of my back but was able to clearly outline and frame the "story" as I was visualizing it. That is what I will do again if they send me traveling.
 I would greatly prefer NOT to go anywhere as I often get new ideas by looking at someone or having coffee (and complaints) with them, a regular Shoprite custom. The scene I was about to start is the hot and heavy scene where Mhyrrine teases her husband when he comes to visit her at the Acropolis---and beg her to return home. Oddly enough, in reality the two characters are no longer in my store--both transferred to other ones as well. But I am in contact with the one, and she dates the other so my perceptions of these real people is very current and any quirks I add to the characters very doable for this production. At present I am trying to beef up the shorter connecting scene that leads into the one I just mentioned; it is actually fun but I must not make it too long. The idea was to have a short, funny scene to illustrate the changing atmosphere in the store and also show the women trying to look more sexy as they tease the men (and also get a little "lonesome" themselves). The scene was also styled to show the men responding to this female takeover, and and the absence of attention. This little transitional scene will require some more tweaking but I think it will be a funny yet heated moment when it's done. That is the sentiment I am shooting for but I need to incorporate that tension among all the players involved in this scene. The next scene will be a doozy but I will be working on that one until I get it right. I am in  a supermarket with this version, so the character can run to fetch any number of things for their "moment" and then simply change her mind. And there will be a large audience onstage to monitor their sexy scene. I am still hopeful that I can finish my first full draft over break but if one scene takes more revising to get the ideas on paper, I will give it that time rather than write something that doesn't work. But I am full steam ahead to rewrite the little scene and then onto the sexy, funny one. Hoping that I can get it on paper the way I want! And hope everyone else is making great progress with their writing projects. Will see everyone on Thursday and cannot wait to find out how everyone is doing. Now, back to the script...

Change in Plans…by Debbie Bagnato


So, just when I fet like things were moving along fairly well, my supervisor is thinking of transferring me to the Bayonne store. WHAT?!!! My store and my co-workers are all in this store which I have been in for twenty years now; my old store was moved and renovated but I stayed where I am as I had become used to it. More important than any of that---my thesis is based in my store! News of this plan shocked and distressed me, and it may happen whether I like it or not, but I had to stop and regroup. Despite my personal  reasons for not wanting to do this--especially now--I have found a ray of sunshine (a very small ray). Because I have incorporated all stores into my backstory, the move to one of the competing "sister" stores might be beneficial and add another layer to the story. I do not want or need to add anything to my upcoming scenes but there may be some positive ideas that will materialize from the transition to a new location.
Also, when I started this project, I was out of work because of my back but was able to clearly outline and frame the "story" as I was visualizing it. That is what I will do again if they send me traveling.
 I would greatly prefer NOT to go anywhere as I often get new ideas by looking at someone or having coffee (and complaints) with them, a regular Shoprite custom. The scene I was about to start is the hot and heavy scene where Mhyrrine teases her husband when he comes to visit her at the Acropolis---and beg her to return home. Oddly enough, in reality the two characters are no longer in my store--both transferred to other ones as well. But I am in contact with the one, and she dates the other so my perceptions of these real people is very current and any quirks I add to the characters very doable for this production. At present I am trying to beef up the shorter connecting scene that leads into the one I just mentioned; it is actually fun but I must not make it too long. The idea was to have a short, funny scene to illustrate the changing atmosphere in the store and also show the women trying to look more sexy as they tease the men (and also get a little "lonesome" themselves). The scene was also styled to show the men responding to this female takeover, and and the absence of attention. This little transitional scene will require some more tweaking but I think it will be a funny yet heated moment when it's done. That is the sentiment I am shooting for but I need to incorporate that tension among all the players involved in this scene. The next scene will be a doozy but I will be working on that one until I get it right. I am in  a supermarket with this version, so the character can run to fetch any number of things for their "moment" and then simply change her mind. And there will be a large audience onstage to monitor their sexy scene. I am still hopeful that I can finish my first full draft over break but if one scene takes more revising to get the ideas on paper, I will give it that time rather than write something that doesn't work. But I am full steam ahead to rewrite the little scene and then onto the sexy, funny one. Hoping that I can get it on paper the way I want! And hope everyone else is making great progress with their writing projects. Will see everyone on Thursday and cannot wait to find out how everyone is doing. Now, back to the script...

English and Writing Studies Thesis 2016-12-08 18:26:00

      This week I did not work on my thesis directly. I did so much trying to complete my rough draft I just decided to relax. I did take a little bit of time to go to the Writing Theory class reading roster and download articles. I didn’t check again to see what I had. I just downloaded everything I wanted so I can have it for later. I also have been thinking about what to do next.

      I am realizing more and more in the midst of me trying to help others, I am also learning. Listening to my pastor this past Sunday, made me think about my own praying habits. I thought about what I could do to improve or maybe what I should pay attention to even more when I pray. I was trying to think to see if there was a way to incorporate what I heard, but I am not 100% sure if I can or will. I just made up in my mind to keep moving forward. 

English and Writing Studies Thesis 2016-12-08 18:26:00

      This week I did not work on my thesis directly. I did so much trying to complete my rough draft I just decided to relax. I did take a little bit of time to go to the Writing Theory class reading roster and download articles. I didn’t check again to see what I had. I just downloaded everything I wanted so I can have it for later. I also have been thinking about what to do next.

      I am realizing more and more in the midst of me trying to help others, I am also learning. Listening to my pastor this past Sunday, made me think about my own praying habits. I thought about what I could do to improve or maybe what I should pay attention to even more when I pray. I was trying to think to see if there was a way to incorporate what I heard, but I am not 100% sure if I can or will. I just made up in my mind to keep moving forward. 

English and Writing Studies Thesis 2016-12-08 18:26:00

      This week I did not work on my thesis directly. I did so much trying to complete my rough draft I just decided to relax. I did take a little bit of time to go to the Writing Theory class reading roster and download articles. I didn’t check again to see what I had. I just downloaded everything I wanted so I can have it for later. I also have been thinking about what to do next.

      I am realizing more and more in the midst of me trying to help others, I am also learning. Listening to my pastor this past Sunday, made me think about my own praying habits. I thought about what I could do to improve or maybe what I should pay attention to even more when I pray. I was trying to think to see if there was a way to incorporate what I heard, but I am not 100% sure if I can or will. I just made up in my mind to keep moving forward. 

Finding my People (and Trying to Fit In!)

     For the past month, I have been focusing on the "Experience" branch of my thesis project. This part of my research is meant to be case study of my own involvement in certain fandoms.
     By participating/ writing in certain fandoms, I hope to gain insight into the experience of  possibly writing with a beta/ writing collaboratively; I want to learn more about how reader feedback and response affects a writer and their writing process; and I want to personally experience the process of writing a novel/ fan fiction with reader feedback and response.



     I am writing an AU (Alternate Universe) fic, which means that I am using existing characters and their personalities, but I am writing something that exists outside of the canon universe. In order to get a real sense of how reader feedback affects process, I have decided to publish chapters as I write them. At this time, I have no real direction of where this story may lead; I have no outline or plan. I also published on two fanfiction sites in order to compare response. On December 1, I published the first two chapters of Stay the Course here, and on December 6, I also published the same two chapters here.

Here is what I learned so far:


  • You have to find your people. Once you find your people, you are afforded a potentially large audience, possible feedback, advice, and encouragement. But first you have to find your people. In order for this to happen,  some exploration and experimentation may be necessary.
     Not every fandom prefers the same site for posting/ reading fic. (Stay the Course is posted in The 100 fandom.) I knew, because I was a member of this fandom (read fics but never posted one) before I started this, that AO3 was the preferred platform for posting/ reading in this fandom. But, since I had only previously used the site to read fic, and had never posted a fic here before, I had to wait for an invite to join in order to do so. I submitted my email address and ended up waiting 6 days for an invite to join.



     The 12/01 posting was on fanfiction.net. I posted here while I waited for my invite to join Archive of Our Own. Note: there is a smaller audience for The 100 fics here. Also, guests (readers who have not made an account) can read and comment as a guest, but cannot follow (receive emailed updates about a fic).

After 7 days, here were my stats:
252 views
12 followers
1 favorite
2 reviews:

Two Reviews for Stay the Course on ff.net



     On 12/06, I posted the same two chapters on AO3.

Here were my stats after just 2 days:

 287 views
11 bookmarks (equivalent to follows on ff.net)
24 kudos (equivalent to favorites on ff.net)
3 comments

     I noticed that along with a larger audience, I also had reviews that were more constructive:




  • Not knowing enough/ failing to "fit in" can affect reader response when writing for a fandom. Feeling doubt can impact writing process.
    For some reason, even though I have an interest in The 100 and The 100 fandom, I misspelled the main character's name in my fan fic.  The first time that I published (12/01 on ff.net), the character of Clarke was spelled Clark every time I wrote it. I only realized after I saw that I was getting views, but no response from readers. I immediately deleted the fic, fixed it, and republished. It was then that I got more of a response. It was a small-ish mistake, but as a first-time writer in this fandom, it made me feel like an outsider.

     My plan for the upcoming week is to continue to monitor feedback on both sites in order to collect data. I will also try to write Chapter 3.